Julia Llanda Dela Cruz, affectionately known as “Mamang and Meng Meng,” went home to God on April 16, 2022, at age 87. She was surrounded by family members at her home in Riverbank, CA, and passed away peacefully from natural causes. Julia was predeceased by her husband Adriano D. Dela Cruz and son-in-law Bryan R. Lee. She is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Wendy Dela Cruz (Andrew) of Honolulu, HI, Rebecca Dela Cruz-Tiongco (Michael) of Riverbank, CA, Adriano Dela Cruz Jr. (April) of Union City, CA, Arnold Dela Cruz (Heinrich) of San Francisco, CA, Rico Dela Cruz (Rita) of Windsor, England, Adelia Dela Cruz-Lee (the late Bryan) of Honolulu, HI, and Jefferson Dela Cruz (Jenny) of Scotts Valley, CA.
Julia is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Makayla Farley, Sabrina Farley, Madison Tiongco, Inde Lee, Cyenn Lee, Drake Lee, Matthew Lee, Dylan Dela Cruz, Ryder Dela Cruz, William
Robbins, Karis DeGuzman, Julian Reef Dela Cruz, Adrian River Dela Cruz, and one great-grandchild, Hannie Rogers. Julia was the best Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.
Her passion was cooking traditional Filipino dishes with her unique twist and making sure everyone had plenty to eat. Nobody was ever allowed to leave her house hungry and without
a Tupperware full of her best cooking. She was full of laughter and joy. Meng Meng did not hesitate to go “gala-gala” around town and loved traveling around the world. She was the glue of the family and provided the gathering place to celebrate holidays and birthdays. Julia committed a lifetime of love for her family. She modeled what Love, Forgiveness, Patience, and Joy is to her children and grandchildren.
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